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Home Remodeling Projects to Tackle Before Winter

Improvements to get done before the temperature drops.

 One of our home remodeling projects to tackle before winter is to repair or replace your siding to prevent costly damage.

Harsh Wisconsin winters can wreak more havoc on your home than any other season. Give your home some love and prepare for the worst before the cold weather strikes – and you could prevent costly problems from hitting at the worst possible time. These home remodeling projects are the perfect pre-winter upgrades.

1. Siding 

If your siding is starting to look a little worse for wear, it's smart to repair or replace problem spots before water freezes in gaps or cracks, causing damage that’s expensive to repair. Whether you have wooden, vinyl, or stone siding, get it checked out by a pro. It could be the best thing you do for your home this year.

2. Insulation

Beefing up your insulation—particularly in your attic—will help keep warm air in as the temperatures drop outdoors. This project may include:

  • Laying extra batts along the edges of your attic
  • Spreading cellulose insulation over rafters to fill in air gaps
  • Insulating any exposed pipes to help prevent plumbing malfunctions during freezing weather
  • Making sure that any pipes in exterior walls or in unheated parts of your house are well protected 

Check with a professional to see if your home or attic insulation is up to par.

3. Windows and Doors

The heat lost through gaps in doors and windows costs the average homeowner a pretty penny. Replacing weatherstripping around your doors can help seal heat in, but if your windows have gaps around the frames or you notice air leaking through, it might be time to have them replaced. For the highest performance in energy-efficient, weatherproof windows and doors see Renewal by Andersen exclusively by Waunakee Remodeling that could slash your heating bills for many winters to come.

4. Kitchen 

Cold winters mean you’ll be spending a lot of time indoors, whipping up chili and sharing good meals with friends and family. It's smart to take advantage of this stretch before the holidays to tackle a kitchen remodeling project. Try adding more counter space, upgrading finishes and appliances, and installing warm lighting. You’ll enjoy the holidays infinitely more when you’re cooking and entertaining from your newly-updated kitchen.

For more tips on upgrading your home to better handle the winter season, or if you're ready to get started on any of these home remodeling projects, give us a call today. We can help you determine which winter improvements can add the most warmth – and value – to your home.